Houses of Healing
Lionheart’s prison program provides education, rehabilitation and reentry support to incarcerated men and women in prisons and jails throughout the United States. At the heart of this initiative is a powerful emotional literacy program, Houses of Healing. This program offers prison inmates encouragement and the necessary support to take stock of the life experiences that have propelled them into criminal activity, take responsibility for their criminal behavior, change life-long patterns of violence and addiction, and build productive lives.
Houses of Healing is being taught by hundreds of corrections professionals, chaplains and volunteers in prisons, jails and reentry programs across the country and abroad. It can be used on its own, or to complement other existing prison counseling efforts such as alcohol and drug abuse, stress and anger management, and life skills development. Houses of Healing has proven successful in group classes, one on one counseling, and individually by prisoners who often have access to the book, Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom , through the prison library.
Corrections professionals report that Houses of Healing is the most effective program they have seen for prisoner growth and transformation. Many prison chaplains embrace the program because it is infused with an inclusive spirituality. This is particularly the case in multi-faith contexts. Inmates gain greater self-awareness, the capacity to manage their emotions, empathize with the feelings of others, and increase their spiritual development though, among other things, mindfulness meditation, the quiet motor that underlies the Houses of Healing program. Thousands of lives are being turned around through the guidance and inspiration that this prisoner education and rehabilitation program offers.
The expanding prison population continues to grow as a major national crisis. Taking a proactive stance, Lionheart is committed to playing an integral part in redefining our nation’s prisons as places for healing and positive growth. More than 90,000 copies of the book, Houses of Healing, are now in circulation, 50,000 of these have been distributed free of charge to individual prisoners, prison libraries and prison programs.